City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become An Electrical Apprentice

  Exam Process Now Open!

The City of Springfield announced it will begin accepting applications for the Electrical Apprenticeship program with CWLP in late summer, 2021. Before applying, candidates must successfully pass the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) written examination with a minimum score of six (6) or greater. This written aptitude examination will be administered in June, July and August, 2021, at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.) Local 193 Hall, 3150 Wide Track Drive, Springfield, Illinois. The cost to take the exam is $30.00.

If you have questions at any time about becoming an Electrical Apprentice or the testing process, please contact the City of Springfield’s Office of Human Resources at 217.789.2446 or email

  How To Sign-Up To Take the Exam

To sign-up for the exam, candidates must contact the I.B.E.W. Hall at 217.544.3479 ext. 229 or email to schedule a testing date. Please include the intention to test for the CWLP apprenticeship when contacting the I.B.E.W. Hall.

Please note: Candidates are NOT eligible to take the I.B.E.W. / N.J.A.T.C. test if they have already done so within the last six months.

  Attend an Information Session

Three information sessions will be available to those interested in learning more about the testing and application process. Sessions will be held at the I.B.E.W. Hall, 3150 Wide Track Drive in Springfield. Seating will be limited so individuals are encouraged to contact the City’s Office of Human Resources at or call 217.789.2446 to reserve a spot.

  • June 23 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • July 8 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • July 27 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

  Additional Application Requirements

  1. 17 years of age or older
  2. High school graduate or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  3. Unrestricted 20/20 eyesight (vision correctable to 20/20 accepted) with no color blindness (GED)
  4. Valid driver’s license (at time of background investigation) and must be able to obtain an Illinois Commercial Driver’s License if required by the functional area

   Financial Hardship Waivers

Financial Hardship Waivers for the written exam will be granted to individuals who qualify under the WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines. To request a waiver, applicants must provide their 2020 Federal income tax return, in addition to their last two (2) paycheck stubs for ALL family members working and living in their household that they support. If you have not yet filed the 2020 tax return, then applicants must submit their 2019 tax return. This information must be delivered to the Civil Service Commission located in the same office as the City’s Office of Human Resources, 300 S. Seventh Street, Room 309 in Springfield. Applicants will be notified via email if the waiver is approved.

   Previous Test Scores

Candidates who took the written exam during the period of August 8, 2016 through August 8, 2021, and received a score of six (6) or greater can use that score for this examination process. City of Springfield’s Office of Human Resources must be provided with documentation of the score. If the documented score of six (6) or higher is acceptable and the candidate meets all other requirements, he or she will advance straight to the first interview. A candidate meeting the criteria that chooses to retake the written exam in hopes to obtain a higher score, will forfeit their previous score. While a score of 6 is the minimum written exam requirement, a score of 7, 8, or 9 will provide a candidate with additional points in the scoring process.

Please Note: Candidates can inquire with their local JATC to see if they administer the NJATC exam. If they do, it can be taken with them as long as a passing score is provided to the City’s Office of Human Resources no later than September 10, 2021.